Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !

Vintage Surf meet 2018 coming soon !
Free to take part
We buy interesting old boards 60s/70s/early 80s in good condition. Email . Also wanted - Surfing UK , British Surfer and Surf Insight magazines .
Above photo - copyright Rennie Ellis photographer archive

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Wallace longboard restoration

Thanks to Whippet at Willis surfboards for doing a really nice gentle restoration on this mid 60s Wallace.This board posed a bit of a dilemma - I got it from a guy who had just moved house and found it left in the attic of his new house ! It had not been surfed much and was clean and dry but was very badly scratched all over the brown resin coat ,mostly on the deck, and had a bad repair at the nose.
It obviously needed tidying up and made watertight, and there were two options - either try to polish out the scratches - but this would risk going through the brown resin if not careful - or option two sand it down and do a whole new brown resin coat on both sides .Option two I wasnt keen on as it would lose character and essentially look like a brand new board, plus would be loads of work.
So we went with option one, and it has come out great. 90% of the scratches are gone - all but the very deepest , and the polish has still left the slight undulation of the cloth weave in the surface and kept the original look. A good job, now to get it wet ! God knows when it last caught a wave.

 These old photos show the board when I got it and how bad the scratches were


  1. Al, it is a really nice board, I particularly like the last 2 photos ;-)

  2. I know its polished Bluey, but its still very original !